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Austrian Journo Dresses Up as Mozart for Super Bowl Media Day

PhillipHajszanPicThis is not a Sacha Baron Cohen movie-project update.

Rather, we’re here to let you know that one Phillip Hajszan (pictured) is today making stateside headlines for having dressed up, at Super Bowl Media Day, as a guy who could diagram an intricate symphony. We’re not trying to be mean; but perhaps this desperate fourth-and-wrong ploy was designed to improve the quantity and quality of the Austrian journalist’s personal-account Twitter followers. From a USA TODAY write-up:

In his white wig, many mistook Hajszan for Benjamin Franklin. “That is what people keep saying. I say, no, I’m Mozart, Mozart, Mozart!” said Hajszan, who came to Media Day last year garbed in Austrian lederhosen.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.

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Inside The Time 100 Party

America Ferrera and John Mayer

It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

  • Inside the Time 100 Party
  • Diddy’s Time 100 Posse Bigger Than Most Posses
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room

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  • LAT in 90

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    My mom’s a secret spy!
    Jonah Goldberg might very well be one of the columnists on his way out–if not before mocking the Wilson/Plame traveling circus, then perhaps after.

    What did Mahoney know and when did he know it?
    Defrocked priest Michael Stephen Baker, who’s facing trial on 13 charges of child molestation, including having sex with an unconscious boy, believes he’s getting harsher treatment than heterosexual molesters, due to a California state law. Cardinal Roger Mahoney knew of Baker’s prediliction and sent him to therapy, which didn’t work, evidently.

    Tight little island.
    One of the British Channel Islands, Sark, must adhere to EU rules. Since the EU has messed up everything else, why can’t Bono just buy the place?

    House & Garden
    This online section cries out for multimedia that dazzles and those sad little slide shows aren’t doing the trick. When the ad banner is more interesting, something is wrong.

    Correction Hall of Fame:

    An article in Tuesday’s Calendar about the DVD release of Borat said one of the deleted scenes shows the character Borat getting a message in his hotel room. He gets a massage there.

    In The Trades: Real Life, Re-Makes, Real Weird

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    Shirley McLaine and Olympia Dukakis reteam in a black comedy Poor Things, to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen (brother o’ Borat). They’ll play two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Paul Pringle reported the real story in the LAT. The NYT isn’t the only true-life story source in the world, just the only Man-Date source.

    Harold Ramis is on board to direct Atlanta, CBS’s comedy pilot about a couple who meet cute at a funeral. Scott Winant might replace Brett Ratner as director of ABC’s drama pilot Women’s Murder Club, starring Angie Harmon. Ratner is too busy doing whatever to Rush Hour 3.

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    The Weinsteins, Sydney Pollock and Anthony Minghella are all good for another three years. Pollock and Minghella’s production company, Mirage, will re-make The Lives of Others, the Oscar-winning German film about the Stasi, as well as I Don’t Know How She Does It and The Amulet of Samarkand, both based on the novels. Minghella will direct a tv pilot based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, too.

    America’s Next Top Model had its best premiere ever, and gave the CW its best night yet with 5.4 million viewers overall. American Idol won the night with 29.6 million viewers overall. If Idol fans had their own country, it would be larger than North Korea. And even weirder. (And what if Idol-nation had nukes? Yikes!)

    Breaking: Sacha Baron Cohen Steps Out Of Borat Character For NPR

    A pop culture milestone of sorts is set to air today at 3:00PM on NPR: An interview with Sacha Baron Cohen &#151 as Sascha Baron Cohen.

    That’s right &#151 no Borat.

    Baron Cohen steps out of the character he brilliantly, maddeningly inhabited for what seemed like the longest press junket in history to talk to reporter Luke Burbank. Some soundbites:

  • “There is that moment where you feel almost like a hit man … Where you look in the mirror and it’s as if you’ve pulled the gun out and you’re about to assassinate someone. And you know everything’s about to change.”

  • “At some point, I’ve got to stop doing interviews as Borat, I’ve got to take off the mustache and reveal the real me, the real mustache.”
  • “I’m tremendously hirsute. In fact, if I wasn’t this hairy, I’d probably be unemployed.”
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    FishbowlNY’s Borat Coverage:

  • Borat Provides Copywriters ‘Glorious Hand Relief’
  • The Vanity Fair Borat Cover That Never Happened
  • Borat: Cultural Consequences Of Staying In Character
  • Borat: The Halloween Costume
  • Borat Soundtrack To Include ‘Throw Jew Down The Well’; iTunes Gets It Week Early
  • ‘Make Click’ On Borat‘s ‘Official Home Site’
  • Borat’s Revenge! Cohen Character Makes Cover Of Entertainment Weekly
  • Borat‘s Vanity Fair Snub? Carter Goes With Clooney Over Cohen For November Cover
  • Borat Damage Control: Kazakhstan Takes Out 4-Page Times Ad